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Lizard Squad Bomb Threat Diverts Sony Exec's Plane To Phoenix

The Grim Reefer Re:They got what they wanted (131 comments)

Ah, but it ain't over yet! Let's just see what else they get..

An all expenses paid, one way trip to Cuba would be my guess.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

The Grim Reefer Re:For 3rd party batteries, I've had good luck wit (131 comments)

I bought two Anker batteries for my Galaxy S3. They were considerably better than the stock battery when new. They swelled after sometime over a year and didn't hold a charge as long as when new. But I don't think the stock batter lasted much more than a year either. Actually, I'm pretty sure even after being degraded, they held a better charge than the stock battery when new.

I also have a rechargeable battery that can be connected to a phone via USB to charger the phone. It works great. I also bought a USB 3 PCIE card from them. It started getting flakey after 6 months. I sent them an email and was surprised to get a response in a day or two. All they asked for was the serial number for quality control purposes and shipped me a new one at no charge.

I've also received multiple emails from them asking me to contact them if I had any issues with any product I've purchased from them. From my experience, they seem to have above average products, though not spectacular. However their customer service is outstanding.

5 days ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

The Grim Reefer Re:The real crime here (458 comments)

In this case the "victim" was granted a monopoly by us. Big difference between fraud and a monopoly abusing a PRIVILAGE we the people granted it and now they are lobbying all over the world to make international criminal law... oh wait.

Then the appropriate action is for "the people" to rescind the monopoly, isn't it? Though I'm not sure how you can consider a movie a monopoly. It's entertainment.

This is not a crime and there is no victimization. Nothing is being stolen.

If "we the people" put lawmakers in office that make this a crime, then that's what it is. Not that I agree with this one, but that's how laws work.

It's called "intellectual property". Again, it's not really a term I agree with. However it is considered property. And by giving it away, you are hampering the owners ability to make money off of it. How much? I really don't know. No one does. The *IAA's of the world ridiculously over inflate the amount. Then people like you claim that nothing is lost. The amount is somewhere in the middle, though I have no idea where. Regardless, someone (person or corporation) spent a bunch of money making this movie and they should be able to try to make money off of it. If you don't agree, then don't pay to see it.

The law on the books right now indicates this is a crime. Even if you and I don't agree with how it's dealt with. That's not how laws work. People don't get to choose on an individual basis if a law is stupid or not. That's part of living in a society. Perhaps you forgot to give someone their french fries at the drive through. They don't get to decide that anti-murder laws are a stupid idea and shoot you.

If you don't like the law, then you either do what you can to fix it, try to overthrow the government that enforces it, go to another country where the majority of the people think like you do, or move to an island somewhere and start your own society.

The person recording videos just disagrees with what is clearly out of line. It is a civil matter. The worst that can happen in civil matters in the US is one party can force the other into debt or bankruptcy.

If they want to disagree with it, that's fine. Then don't go to the movie theater. Stand outside and boycott it. Draw others to your cause. I didn't read about this case, but I doubt this has anything to do with protesting injustice.

Even being a civil matter. I don't think it's right that a persons life can be ruined over something as stupid as this. Having jail time on your record, or being forced to pay mountainous sums of money does no one any good. But please don't act like these people are some kind of freedom fighters or innocent victims.

5 days ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

The Grim Reefer Re:Phones + 1 laptop. (259 comments)

4 tablets, 2 laptops, 1 netbook, printer, TV, Blu-ray, 3 cats and a cat-food (and water) dispenser. (No squirrels nor birds)

You really should get 3 more cats. Granted, it's twice as many but it will give you 3 orders of magnitude more bandwidth.

5 days ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

The Grim Reefer Re:A limit is a limit (475 comments)

Seems like Google needs to look up the word "limit" in its own dictionary.

Just because others break the law is no excuse for Google to do so.

On one hand I agree with you. Technically speaking, the law is the law.

However It's obvious you've never driven on the NJ Turn Pike. I remember the first time I did 20-some years ago. I initially set my cruise control at 5 mph over the limit. Little old ladies were passing me like I was parked and flipping me the bird. Two people passed me on the shoulder at close to 100 mph. Frankly, just going 10 mph over the limit was dangerous. I settled on 75 to 80 mph as well over half the other cars were still passing me. This was back when the limit was 55 mph.

Back when the speed federal speed limits were 55 mph there was a group of several hundred people who drove on the DC beltway at 55 mph one day during the work week. It snarled traffic as no one drove that slow on the beltway.

If the police enforced the speeding laws at zero tolerance, then of course the Google cars should not speed. But the reality is, is you can easily go 5 over, and even 15 over in many areas with no chance of getting pulled over. So you have roads where the posted limit is 65, but the average speed in the drive lane is closer to 80 mph. Adding cars that are only going 65 is going to be a major problem. Either the driver is going to have to disengage the "auto-pilot", or risk getting run off the road. I'm not saying it right, but that's how it is in the real world.

about a week ago
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Hackers Steal Data Of 4.5 Million US Hospital Patients

The Grim Reefer Re:Well I for one (111 comments)

Yes, but think of all the new medical breakthroughs and publications that will be coming out of China in the next few years. ;-)

about two weeks ago
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Machine Vision Reveals Previously Unknown Influences Between Great Artists

The Grim Reefer M.C. Escher (74 comments)

Interestingly when M.C. Escher paintings were analyzed it kept returning "divide by zero errors". Upon further examination, it was discovered that it was claiming "divide by the letter "O" errors" and not the number zero.

about two weeks ago
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Type 225 Words per Minute with a Stenographic Keyboard (Video)

The Grim Reefer Re:Now this is funny. (109 comments)

many courtrooms do not allow recording or electronic devices. thus, the courtroom sketches and transcribing of proceedings in realtime.

Except the court reporter is generally exempt from such rules. I used to be one. Most of the time the record is keyed real time. However you can't always get it all and be 100% every time. The recording is used to clean up the transcription after the fact.

The ban of recording devices is for the general public and reporters.

about two weeks ago
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Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

The Grim Reefer Re:Never let the truth (391 comments)

Get in the way of a good story.

We're talking about a TV show. I've seen clips of CSI. They don't let reality get in the way of a stupid story. A good story would be one hell of a step up.

about two weeks ago
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Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space

The Grim Reefer Re:but... my face is smaller than 25 cm? (140 comments)

You know, some of us walk around with our heads pointing to the sky with a 800cm^2 magnifying glass over us. You insensitive clod!

I hope you live in Seattle or Portland. And have some Joo Janta 200 sunglasses and an awfully large Aloe Vera garden.

about two weeks ago
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Toxic Algae Threatens Florida's Gulf Coast

The Grim Reefer Re:Lake Champlain is impacted by algae as well (99 comments)

A pond is a little bit different than the ocean. Copper is fairly toxic to marine invertebrates. With it already being a given that the invertebrates in the area of the bloom are going to die; the question becomes how many will die from a large amount of copper drifting out of that area. And will it even be all that effective with the kinds of currents that are in the ocean. You can saturate a pond, even 400 acres. It will take some time for the copper concentration to wash out. In the ocean it could wash out in a matter of minutes, or hours. And that's not even considering the shear volume. I'm guessing that the pond you mentioned has no where near the depth that many of these areas in the ocean that are being affected.

about two weeks ago
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Paint Dust Covers the Upper Layer of the World's Oceans

The Grim Reefer Re:scientific theories that have lasted 500 years? (141 comments)

The three cases in question (evolution, global warming, and vaccines) have all been around for more than 100 years. The practice of science (or natural philosophy) is not 500 years old,

Humans have been observing and recording those observations in order to make sense of the universe since before we even had a concept of what the universe was.

The move towards a rational understanding of nature began at least since the Archaic period in Greece (650 â" 480 BCE) with the Pre-Socratic philosophers. The philosopher Thales of Miletus (7th and 6th centuries BCE), dubbed "the Father of Science" for refusing to accept various supernatural, religious or mythological explanations for natural phenomena, proclaimed that every event had a natural cause.

Provided we don't destroy ourselves or our civilization, and baring global catastrophes, I'm guessing that what we believe now will seem pretty damn primitive in another 2500 years.

Even so, none of the three examples will be overturned after 500 years. It is implausible that we will eventually find out that vaccines actually don't work

No, but the ones we use today will seem pretty primitive in another 100 years.

or that evolution isn't really happening, etc. We have observed all of these.

I would like to think that evolution will not be disproved. From what we can observe at the moment it certainly makes the most sense. But who knows what the future will bring. We've certainly been way off on our observations in the past. It wouldn't be the first time that a theory that was well accepted by the vast majority of the scientific community has been discarded either.

That was my entire point. Opinions change as new data presents itself. You should never simply stop looking. Sometimes the world can surprise you.

about three weeks ago
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Paint Dust Covers the Upper Layer of the World's Oceans

The Grim Reefer Re: slowly (141 comments)

because the conclusions of Silent Spring are somehow invalid and pesticides are so safe you could just gobble them up willy nilly?

Don't be stupid. There's a profound difference between using something responsibly and being a complete moron. Drinking too much water can kill you. Mercury can kill you, but we put it in CFL fluorescent lamps. Many cleaning products are toxic. Do you have a hard time not drinking or eating them?

Many of the conclusions in Silent Spring are questionable, at best I'm sure there is validity to some, or even much of it. But that's how you make a good lie, isn't it? I'd like to think that Rachel Carson had the best of intentions with this book. But the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

you can try to impugn one side by saying bias, and defend the other by again claiming bias, but that's irrelevent. the science says what it will, and if you follow the science, that's all that matters.

Science doesn't say anything. It's our, as a race, interpretations of what we observe. It doesn't take sides or have opinions. If the observations are wrong, then most of the time the conclusions are also wrong.

in the case of evolution, global warming, or vaccines the science says "its real", "its happening" and "they work". end of story.

There is no "end of story". Yes vaccines work. But that doesn't mean we should stop. They can always work better, or be improved. Some vaccines have had terrible side effects in the past. We should keep working to improve them.

Obviously AWG is occurring. But if it's "end of story" we should stop spending money on proving it further, shouldn't we? But it's a very complex problem, and all of the politics and money involved on both sides has clouded this issue almost beyond comprehension. As if it wasn't difficult enough without all the noise.

Scientific theories are disproved, revised and improved upon all the time. That's the very nature of science. There is no "end of story". It's a journey, not a destination. How many scientific theories have lasted 500 years? 100 years? Or even 50 years?

about three weeks ago
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Red Hat CEO: Open Source Goes Mainstream In 2014

The Grim Reefer Re:2014 -- Year of Linux on the Desktop! (65 comments)

You read it here first!

Last December,

No, no I didn't (ok, actually, yes I did. But I could've heard it eight months ago)

More like 180 months ago.

about three weeks ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

The Grim Reefer Re:Blank poll? (267 comments)

I'm black-grey colour blind, can someone tell me what this poll is about?

-- [FUCK BETA] const int one = 65536; (Silvermoon, Texture.cs)

I think it was some new /. EULA stating that by commenting in this poll you fully supported Beta.

about three weeks ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

The Grim Reefer No deadman switch? (406 comments)

I'm more shocked that Infinity doesn't have some sort of sensor in the drivers seat to make sure there is actually somebody behind the wheel.

about three weeks ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

The Grim Reefer Re:Huh? (406 comments)

Or like the way that, in the name of safety, we've removed trees from the sides of roads because drivers kept hitting them. Now drivers go even faster on those same roads and hit pedestrians who are no longer protected by the trees. How's that for progress?

Or how better tire tech, anti-lock brakes and just better braking systems have caused people to stop later, drive closer to the car ahead of them, and be less cautious in bad weather?

I liked the days of chrome spears in the drivers compartment. At least then you knew the person driving like crazy was serious as they knew that one mistake could skewer their skull on the chrome dashboard accents.

about three weeks ago

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The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about 2 months ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "Today many plastic products, from sippy cups and blenders to Tupperware containers, are marketed as BPA-free. But CertiChem and its founder, George Bittner's findings—some of which have been confirmed by other scientists—suggest that many of these alternatives share the qualities that make BPA so potentially harmful.

Those startling results set off a bitter fight with the $375-billion-a-year plastics industry. The American Chemistry Council, which lobbies for plastics makers and has sought to refute the science linking BPA to health problems, has teamed up with Tennessee-based Eastman Chemical—the maker of Tritan, a widely used plastic marketed as being free of estrogenic activity—in a campaign to discredit Bittner and his research. The company has gone so far as to tell corporate customers that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rejected Bittner's testing methods. (It hasn't.) Eastman also sued CertiChem and its sister company, PlastiPure, to prevent them from publicizing their findings that Tritan is estrogenic, convincing a jury that its product displayed no estrogenic activity. And it launched a PR blitz touting Tritan's safety, targeting the group most vulnerable to synthetic estrogens: families with young children. "It can be difficult for consumers to tell what is really safe," the vice president of Eastman's specialty plastics division, Lucian Boldea, said in one web video, before an image of a pregnant woman flickered across the screen. With Tritan, he added, "consumers can feel confident that the material used in their products is free of estrogenic activity.""

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Darker Arctic boosting global warming

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about 6 months ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "The Arctic isn't nearly as bright and white as it used to be because of more ice melting in the ocean, and that's turning out to be a global problem, a new study says.

With more dark, open water in the summer, less of the sun's heat is reflected back into space. So the entire Earth is absorbing more heat than expected, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

That extra absorbed energy is so big that it measures about one-quarter of the entire heat-trapping effect of carbon dioxide, said the study's lead author, Ian Eisenman, a climate scientist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in California.

The Arctic grew 8 per cent darker between 1979 and 2011, Eisenman found, measuring how much sunlight is reflected back into space.

"Basically, it means more warming," Eisenman said in an interview."

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Groupon confirms 'President Hamilton' error was intentional

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about 6 months ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "Groupon is honoring Presidents Day by giving customers an Alexander Hamilton — $10 off $40 spent on a deal for any local business.The promotion, which began this weekend, allows customers to "honor our money-minded Commander-In-Chief."
"The $10 bill, as everyone knows, features President Alexander Hamilton — undeniably one of our greatest presidents and most widely recognized for establishing the country's financial system," Chicago-based Groupon says on its webpage.
But, there's just one flaw in the promotional plan: Hamilton was never president.
Hamilton is considered a Founding Father and was the country's first Secretary of the Treasury. He led the development of the economic policies of President George Washington, one of today's actual honorees, and the nascent nation.
It's just too bad there isn't Treasury Secretary Day to have sales in his honor.
An inquiry on Monday morning garnered this response from a spokesman:
"Groupon is always very serious about helping our customers save money, and saving $10 is no laughing matter."
The spokesman later confirmed the mistake was an intentional stunt."

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Retired cop guns down man for texting at Florida movie

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about 7 months ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "A retired cop, irked that the couple in front of him were texting at a Mark Wahlberg war movie, opened fire in a Florida theater Monday, killing the man and wounding his wife, authorities said.

Curtis Reeves Jr., 71, was charged with second-degree homicide in the death of Chad Oulson, 43, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said late Monday afternoon. The theater was evacuated and remained closed after the shooting, which occurred about 1:20 p.m. ET.

Oulson was shot in the chest after a verbal and physical confrontation with Reeves, and his wife, Nichole Oulson, was shot in the hand. Chad Oulson was pronounced dead at a hospital, and his wife was treated for non-life-threatening injuries."

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The space suit gets upgraded

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about 7 months ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "For five decades ILC Dover, an engineering firm in Delaware farm country, has been outfitting astronauts for space — everyone from Neil Armstrong to Sunita Williams, who performed a space walk outside the International Space Station (ISS) in 2012. And yet ILC (which was founded as International Latex Corp.) has never before embarked on its latest mission: to make a fashion-forward suit for NASA.

The prototype is called Z-2. A new palette will be chosen when, early this year, NASA unveils three designs by Philadelphia University fashion and industrial design students. The public gets to pick a winner. Each design will draw on one of three themes: NASA's history, sports and superheroes, and nature. NASA officials hope that the campaign will rekindle excitement for the space program. "Part of this came from the fact that commercial space flight is gearing up," says Amy Ross, a top space-suit engineer at NASA, "and part of what they want is for their space suits to look cool.""

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Atlanta man shatters coast-to-coast 'Cannonball Run' speed record

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about 10 months ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "Before the transcontinental race in "Cannonball Run," the starter tells the gathered racers, "You all are certainly the most distinguished group of highway scofflaws and degenerates ever gathered together in one place."

Ed Bolian prefers the term "fraternity of lunatics."

Where the 1981 Burt Reynolds classic was a comedic twist on a race inspired by real-life rebellion over the mandated 55-mph speed limits of the 1970s, Bolian set out on a serious mission to beat the record for driving from New York to Los Angeles.

The mark? Alex Roy and David Maher's cross-country record of 31 hours and 4 minutes, which they set in a modified BMW M5 in 2006.

Bolian, a 28-year-old Atlanta native, had long dreamed of racing from East Coast to West. A decade ago, for a high school assignment, Bolian interviewed Brock Yates, who conceived the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, aka the Cannonball Run."

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Massive cyberattack hits Internet users

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about a year ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "(CNN) — Internet users around the globe are facing slowed-down service, thanks to what's being called the biggest cyberattack in history.

The prolonged denial-of-service assault is targeting The Spamhaus Project, a European spam-fighting group that has gone after CyberBunker, a data-storage company that offers to host any content "except child porn and anything related to terrorism."

The organization has been in a long-running feud with CyberBunker and claims spammers use it as a host from which to spray junk mail across the Web.

Internet security firm CloudFlare said Spamhaus contacted it last week, saying it had been hit with an attack big enough to knock its site offline.

Security experts say the attack uses more sophisticated techniques than most DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks and targets the Web's infrastructure, which has led to other sites performing slowly."

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"Time Cloak" Created; Can Make Events Disappear

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  more than 2 years ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "The new research builds on recent demonstrations of "invisibility cloaks" that can make objects seem to disappear by bending waves of visible light.

The idea is that, if light moves around an object instead of striking it, that light doesn't get scattered and reflected back to an observer, making the object essentially invisible.

Now Cornell University scientists have used a similar concept to create a hole in time, albeit a very short one: The effect lasts around 40 trillionths of a second.

"Imagine that you could divert light in time—slow it down, speed it up—so that you create a gap in the light beam in time," said study co-author and Cornell physicist Alex Gaeta.

"In this case, any event that occurs at that instant of time won't lead to scattering of light. It appears as if the event never occurred.""

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